THE HIVE CREATES IMMERSIVE ADVENTURES AND PROJECTS
FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS TO EXPLORE, CREATE,
PROBLEM-SOLVE AND COLLABORATE IN THE OUTDOORS
Missions for children aged 5.5 – 8 prioritise imagination and learning through make-believe. They are rooted in story-telling and immersive, with children given agency to control the narrative. They feature a broad range of nature skills and are designed to nurture team-working skills. Technology (iPads) is used to enhance the story by adding interactivity, augmented reality and suspense!
Missions for children aged 8-11 combine critical thinking with creativity and lots of learning through doing.They are project-based and introduce more complex nature skills in bushcraft, wild cooking, outdoor building, arts and Earth sciences. The focus is on problem-solving and collaborating to achieve! Learning through trial and error supported by professional tools is also a key part of all missions for this age group. Technology (iPads) is there to enhance the project-based approach.
Missions for teens aged 11-13 are designed to nurture initiative, collaborative learning and decision-making by engaging students in authentic projects. They are encouraged to form their own perspectives and given the freedom to pursue their ideas. Working on real scenarios and based in the outdoors allows teens to stretch their problem-solving skills and practice self-management. These missions are challenging, not just exciting!
All our facilitators are DBS checked. Prior to employment, The Hive also asks for proof of all qualifications, as well as two professional references. All staff have to undertake our compulsory in-house safeguarding training.
To complete our missions, the children are given team iPods or iPads. All tablets are set up to comply with Ofsted school online safety requirements and children are only able to access pre-loaded apps, information and functions linked to the challenges. They're never asked to register, sign-in or share any personal data. More information is available on our Safety Policies page.
All our equipment and activities are risk assessed, as are the grounds and buildings we use. We also carry out a dynamic risk assessment throughout each mission. Our risk assessment documentation is on site at all times and parents are welcome to look through at drop-off or pick-up. More information is also available on our Safety Policies page.
We are Ofsted registered (registration EY497153). As part of the registration process, we are inspected regularly by Ofsted. Our latest inspection took place in 2016, which we passed with flying colours.
We have a £5m Forest School Public Liability Insurance with Birnbeck Insurance, an insurance company specialising in Forest School.
We are members and adhere to the Code of Conduct of:
THE INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING
Committed to encouraging Outdoor Learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors. IOL aims to promote high professional standards and to develop its members.
THE FOREST SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and 'quality Forest School for all'. FSA provides information and support to individuals and organisations setting up and running Forest School settings.
THE COUNCIL FOR LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
As the national voice for learning outside the classroom, CLOtC believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.